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Phoenix Comicon – May 25-28
In case you hadn’t heard – comics aren’t just for nerds, anymore. Graphic novels and comics are dominating pop culture and the entertainment industry and they all collide this weekend at Phoenix Comicon. More than 700 exhibitors, artists and actors will be in attendance, including Karen Gillan (AKA Amy Pond from Doctor Who), Jon Bernthal (AKA The Punisher), Ryan Hurst from Sons of Anarchy, Dick Van Dyke, and more. Doors open each day at 10 a.m. Single day passes start at $20; full event membership starts at $75. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, phoenixcomicon.com.
Ann Wilson of Heart – May 23
The pioneering Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend known for her powerful vocals performs hits from heart, as well a her solo recordings and influences. 8 p.m. $40-$65. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600
John Legend – May 24
The Grammy Award-winning superstar, known for smash hit “All of Me” and his turn in La La Land, brings his Darkness and Light Tour to the Valley. Singer/songwriter Gallant opens the show. 7:30 p.m. $62.50-$129. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
New Kids On The Block – May 26
The boys from Boston bring The Total Package tour to Phoenix, with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul as special guests. NKOTB is known for such No. 1 hits as “Hangin’ Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” and “Step By Step.” 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Cave Creek Balloon Festival – May 27
Colorful hot air balloons light up the night at this eighth annual festival, which includes live music, children’s activities and a fireworks finale. 5:30-10 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. Rancho Mañana Golf Course, 5734 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek, cavecreekfestivals.com.
Spring Gardening Series – May 27
Dig It Urban Gardens + Nursery hosts this monthly event, which takes place in conjunction with the Open Air Market. This month’s topic is Container Gardening for Small Spaces. 9-11 a.m. Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxpublicmarket.com, 602-625-6736
Bring a Flashlight – May 27-September 2
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during self-paced Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Th and Sa, 7-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Dead & Company – May 28
Featuring Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir; singer/guitarist John Mayer; Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbrudge; and Rat Dog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, the band performs two sets of music drawing from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, 800-745-3000
Arizona Rattlers – May 28
The arena football team wraps up the home season against the Nebraska Danger. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, azrattlers.com, 602-514-TDTD.
Holmes & Watson – Through May 28
Following Sherlock Holmes’ “death” at Reichenbach Falls, Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes and charlatans who have popped up all over the world claiming to be Holmes. The devilishly clever new mystery is presented by Arizona Theatre Co. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.